On the one hand, Dr. Seuss might seem like a strange choice for a book review series. His work hardly needs recommendation. He’s beloved by parents and children alike. But over the course of his lifetime, he wrote at least 70 books, 56 under the name Dr. Seuss, and 14 others under other pseudonyms, most notably Theo. LeSieg.
Seuss died in 1991, but six books have been published posthumously, from Daisy-Head Maisy in 1995 to Horton and the Kwuggerbug and More Lost Stories last year. A seventh posthumous book, What Pet Should I Get, is scheduled to be published in July.
Seuss characters are much beloved. From the Cat in the Hat and his Things One and Two to Bartholomew, who tangled with both 500 Hats and the dreaded Oobleck, these books have a place in the national consciousness. My mother, nearly 30 years past the last time she had children young enough to appreciate it, can still recite One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish from memory. It was cited by Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan in an opinion earlier this week, to the glee of fans across the country. But for every Sam I Am or Lorax, there’s also a King Bertram of Binn, subject of the 1939 book The King’s Stilts. Most know of 1954’s Horton Hears a Who, but Scrambled Eggs Super, published just one year previously, is less well known.
This series, in honor of the annual Read Across America celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday, will focus on some of the more obscure Seuss titles. Hopefully it will introduce you to a new favorite or two.
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